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GLSEN Brings New Annual Conference to Western Massachusetts

The Rainbow Times - Nov 06, 2013 • By: Tynan Power/TRT Reporter

AMHERST, Mass.— The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Massachusetts welcomed 180 people to a day-long conference at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst late last month. Intended to be an annual event, this first conference offered participants the opportunity to share “passion, knowledge and hunger for change,” according to the conference planning committee.

“We have been hosting an annual conference in Boston every spring for the past several years and wanted to host a similar event for those in Western Massachusetts,” said Hillary Montague-Asp, a member of the board of directors of GLSEN Massachusetts and a graduate student in the UMass Social Justice Education Department.

GLSEN Massachusetts—formerly GLSEN Boston—recently changed its name, signaling the organization’s commitment to bringing its programming to the whole state. In planning the event, the organization recognized the need for more large-scale LGBTQ youth events in Western Mass. The planning committee drew together more than 20 youth and adults from area organizations, including the Amherst College Queer Resource Center, Amherst Regional High School, the Youth Action Coalition, the National Conference for Community and Justice, as well as UMass Amherst’s Stonewall Center, Residential Life, the Social Justice Education Department, Department of Student Development, the LGBT Coalition of Western Massachusetts, and the College of Education, which served as lead sponsor. With the help of these organizations and programs, the GLSEN event was able to reach its target audience of people in K-12 schools, with youth making up roughly half the attendees.

Read the full article online at The Rainbow Times.